WALTER RABL (1873-1940): Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 1, Fantasiestücke for Piano Trio, Op. 2, Violin Sonata, Op. 6.

Catalogue Number: 02R006

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 849-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: The “Sounds like Brahms” label worn by Heinrich von Herzogenberg is partially torn off by this release. Brahms was possibly instrumental in the young Rabl winning a Tonkünstlerverein composition contest in 1896 with his very first opus which couldn’t possibly be more late-Brahmsian except for its last movement which sounds exactly like a chamber reduction of a symphony finale by Schumann. This quartet has been recorded twice before but not the other two pieces from 1897 and 1899 which add another 48 minutes of the same (except there’s no Schumann). And this from a composer over a generation younger than Herzogenberg. The only thing keeping the latter’s crown safe is the fact that Rabl stopped composing at the age of 30 and devoted the rest of his career to conducting (but he did write a symphony). Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet), Geneviève Laurenceau (violin), László Fenyö (cello), Oliver Triendl (piano).

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